Fresh Picks

June 26, 2011

It’s getting hot out there. If the putter leaves are turning brown, leave them. As long as the inner part of your plant is green, your plant will continue to produce. The brown leaves on the outside will protect and shade the inside.

Below is what I picked this morning. Yum!



Twitter Updates

June 17, 2011

I’m on twitter under MandiM if you want 140 characters or less updates. Most gardening tweets are marked with #harvest or #urbangarden.

Potatoes and Tomatoes

June 17, 2011

It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update, sorry. Today I pulled up potatoes and tomatoes. They took a little longer to ripen than last year, but it was worth the wait.


Recent picks

March 3, 2011

Bet you didn’t know I was growing cauliflower, kale, broccoli and lettuce.

My garden is still producing!

January 16, 2011

It’s been a while since I’ve updated my blog, but rest
assure, my garden is still producing. Check out what I picked

Temps will be in the 20s tonight

November 24, 2010

With temps this low, take care of your garden. Wrap delicate plants and bring container plants into the garage or home if possible.

As for me, I’m heading out to pick all of my tomatoes…

Baby it’s cold outside!

November 21, 2010

It is cold! I just came inside from my garden to gauge whether or not I should cover anything with burlap. My unscientific diagnosis says no. It felt more like a refrigerator than a freezer and the expected low is in the 40s tonight.

That being said, be careful to watch the upcoming night lows. If you’re on the fence about covering a plant, do it. Just be sure to remove the cover in the morning.

The first freeze will be here soon. Don’t depend solely on the weather report or backyard thermometer to tell you this. Your garden may have micro climates that can cause an area to be cooler or warmer than those temps (for instance, next to a cinder block wall).

When the freezing temps arrive, your garden will require a little more care so you don’t lose your plants. If it’s a container garden, this could mean moving them to a sunnier part of the yard or inside during a night freeze. If it’s a permanent garden, this can mean covering your bed with mulch to insulate and protect the roots, and covering the plant with a breathable material to fend off frost.

If you are still growing tomatoes (like me) be sure to pick all of them before the first freeze, including the green ones. They will continue to ripen indoors, just make sure they get plenty of sunlight. I leave mine in a window sill after the freezing temperatures are over with. It’ll take a while, but when the moment is right, you’ll come home to red tomatoes. Last year, I was eating fresh tomatoes in January 🙂

My winter garden is on its way!

November 7, 2010

Although I’m reaping the benefits of my fall garden right now, winter isn’t too far away. Since I missed the perfect seed planting weather, I went in search of some cold-weather seedlings to plant and found romaine lettuce, kale, cauliflower and broccoli. 

The one downfall to my spring garden reseeding itself for fall is that I wasn’t able to space plan the garden. My winter plants were tucked into unused spaces and may have been planted too close to each other. Hopefully, six-inches won’t make too much of a difference. We’ll see!

winter garden

romaine lettuce




This week…

November 5, 2010

It’s been a while since I’ve given you a thorough update. So here it is!

The lettuce I planted in spring reseeded itself and now I have lettuce popping up all over the garden. Recently, I had to thin out seedlings that were growing too close to each other.


My tomatoes are still growing and ripening, especially the Romas.

Early Girl

Roma tomato plant

Roma Tomato

And I’ve been picking bell peppers like crazy lately.

Bell Peppers

Bell Peppers

It was yellow

October 3, 2010

I just cut open the watermelon today and it was yellow. It is not as sweet as a typical red watermelon but it is very delicious!